This past week I had the privilege of working with pre-service teachers at Georgia Southern University through The Digital Wave project. I met with a group of 15 students one evening to show methods for incorporating Web 2.0 tools in the classroom through collaboration with a library media specialist. I showed the group how to use ten Web 2.0 tools and then suggested lessons for incorporating them in the classroom in different subject areas. Out of those shown, I had the most interest and questions on lessons teaching media literacy using Fotoflexer. Students were challenged to figure out if selected photos were edited. They discovered how difficult it can be to spot an edited image. It is a lesson my middle school students also enjoy but one that is very important to learn how easy media can be manipulated. The group also enjoyed creating the animated movie Kitty Gets Scared using Kerpoof. Owned and operated by the Walt Disney Company, Kerpoof is very easy to use and also includes Tell a Story in which students can create their own stories based on a theme. The GSU students were great to work with and had wonderful questions for me. The workshop was an awesome experience and I can’t thank Dr. Lucy Green enough for inviting me. All the resources and lesson suggestions can be found on the Presentations page on my blog.
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